Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics provides guidance in conducting our business activities in accordance with the highest legal, ethical and professional standards.
The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the Code) is approved by the CEO and the Board of Directors. It is made available to all our employees in both English and French and covers a broad range of topics, including compliance, responsible management, conflicts of interest, anti-corruption and anti-bribery, respect at work, human rights, and the environment.
Implementing the Code
Each director, officer, and employee is provided with a copy of the Code and is required to sign an annual acknowledgement of compliance. In 2016, all our people acknowledged compliance with the Code.
The implementation of the Code is the responsibility of the Vice-President and General Counsel, who provides an annual report to the Audit Committee of the Board.
Furthermore, as part of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics training sessions, we educate our employees on the application of our policies and procedures. In early 2017, we launched a new web-based training platform to facilitate our employee training process. The first online mandatory training module covered Power Financial’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and key corporate policies. At the end of the module, as part of our annual certification requirement, employees were required to certify their compliance with our Code of Conduct and key corporate policies.
Mechanisms for seeking advice and reporting concerns can be directed to the appropriate supervisor, to the Vice-President and General Counsel, and to the Audit Committee of our Board. Confidentiality of reports made in good faith regarding alleged violations is maintained and reports are followed up through our Legal Department. For more information, please refer to the Reporting Concerns Mechanisms page of our website.
- All our employees acknowledged compliance with the Code.
- No breaches to the Code were reported.
- Launched a new web-based training platform (early 2017).
- Implemented our Third Party Code of Conduct with our key suppliers and business partners. To date, the vast majority of them have attested their compliance to the requirements of our Code.